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Rise of the robots: Boston Dynamics’ Atlas can now do gymnastics

by Ace Damon
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TORONTO – Robotics company Boston Dynamics has unveiled the latest advances in its humanoid Atlas creation, which can now do a gym routine.

In a video titled <a href = "http: //"target =" _ blank ">" More Atlas Parkour " published on tuesday, the robot can be seen performing cranks, forward turns, jumps and turns.

"We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process," explains Boston Dynamics in the video caption.

“First, an optimization algorithm turns high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically viable reference movements. Atlas then tracks movements using a predictive model controller that blends smoothly from one maneuver to the next.

"Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of around 80%."

A video posted on the company's YouTube channel in October 2018 entitled "Atlas Parkour" Shows the robot easily performing steps on a platform.

Boston Dynamics says the Atlas is the "most dynamic humanoid robot in the world," with "the power and balance to demonstrate agility at the human level."

The Atlas, which weighs 80 kg and measures 4 5 5 # tall, has 28 engine-driven hydraulic joints and custom valves.

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